Washington (CNN) - The field of candidates seeking to replace Michael Steele atop the Republican National Committee may have just gotten larger.
Former RNC chairman Mike Duncan, who was one of five Republicans who lost to Steele in the 2009 race for chairman, was a last minute addition Wednesday to a forum of candidates organized by FreedomWorks and the Republican National Conservative Caucus, a faction of conservative members within the RNC.
He was joined by three other candidates for the chairmanship: Former Missouri GOP chairwoman Ann Wagner, former RNC political director Gentry Collins and Michigan committeeman Saul Anuzis.
Duncan has been rumored for months to be interested in returning to his old job, which he held from 2007 to 2009, but committee members say he has been lukewarm about mounting another campaign.
Since leaving the committee he has served as chairman of American Crossroads, the Karl Rove-aligned independent group that steered millions of dollars into campaigns around the country in 2010.